Music Program / Staff
Tree of Life has a rich musical history that continues today. Our services include inspiring music from our choir, pianists, soloists and many wonderful guest musicians. We have also had a youth music program that we hope to start up again in the near future. In addition, the church hosts special music events throughout the year and members participate in many community events.
For more information on how to get involved, feel free to contact Cassandra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR MUSIC STAFF
Cassandra has been performing professionally for over 30 years. She is a trained vocalist, writer, coach, actress, and an accomplished songwriter. She loves to use her musical gifts to bring people together and build community. A performer at heart, she is thrilled to be back singing regularly after a long hiatus.
Cassandra’s love of singing and the arts came at an early age while growing up on a farm in Woodstock, IL. She is the owner of A Place to Shine Music, where for almost 30 years, she has been teaching, performing, writing and producing music. After receiving a degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois in 1991, Cassandra continued her professional training in opera and acting in Chicago for 10 years.
Cassandra continues to feed her passion for teaching in her home studio in Woodstock. She continues to perform solo and collaborates with many area musicians. She is currently producing a new Second Saturday Concert Series in collaboration with the Woodstock Opera House started in January of 2019. Cassandra has an original screenplay in development and has plans to release a lot of new music this year. She also has several other creative projects in process. She was recently named the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.
She co-hosts a monthly Original Open Mic at the Stage Left Cafe’ in Woodstock partnering with Offsquare Music to give original artists a platform to share their work. She also started the Ukulele Superhero Club.
In 2015 Cassandra founded the Woodstock Community Choir and continues to function as the artistic director. The choir is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and is dedicated to building community through singing! It has recently been recognized as the official city choir of Woodstock. Cassandra’s studio is in her home in Woodstock, IL where she lives with her husband Philip and their 2 cats, Blaze and Misty. She is delighted to have joined the staff of Tree of Life UU as the Director of Music.
Billy is honored to join the Tree of Life family and serve the congregation as the in-house pianist. Music has been a constant in Billy’s life since the ripe age of 8 when he first started participating in musical theatre productions, choir, and piano lessons. Billy followed his passion for the arts to Millikin University’s prestigious School of Theatre and Dance and graduated from the program in 2009. Billy has gone on to perform professionally across the country, including: two national tours, two international contracts aboard Oceania Cruise Lines, and two Christmas seasons as a backup singer/dancer for country superstar Pam Tillis.
Billy currently resides in Woodstock, IL and works as a professional director/choreographer for various theatre companies including Woodstock High School and Raue Center for the Arts.